Speakers

Charlie Arehart

A veteran ColdFusion developer and troubleshooter since 1997, Charlie Arehart is a longtime contributor to the community and a recognized Adobe Community Expert. He's now an independent consultant providing troubleshooting/tuning assistance and training/mentoring for CF teams of all sizes and experience levels (carehart.org/consulting). A certified Advanced CF Developer and Instructor for CF 4 thru 8, he also runs the Online ColdFusion Meetup (coldfusionmeetup.com, an online CF user group), and is a contributor to each of the 3-volume series ColdFusion 8 WACK books by Ben Forta. A member of the Adobe Customer Advisory Board for ColdFusion and with 26+ years in IT, he's frequently invited to speak to developer conferences and user groups worldwide.

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John Paul Ashenfelter

John Paul Ashenfelter is CTO of TransitionPoint.com, where he builds web-based business applications using a mix of open source tools, ColdFusion, and Java. He has been the technical lead on a number of ColdFusion projects for startups as well as regularly serving as an architect for existing ColdFusion sites converting to Fusebox. A ColdFusion developer since version 2.0, John Paul has written several books covering ColdFusion, contributed articles to CFDJ, and spoken at several ColdFusion conferences.

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Peter Bell (SystemsForge)

Peter Bell is a passionate advocate of Application Generation and meta-programming in ColdFusion and writes the popular Application Generation blog (http://www.pbell.com). He has lectured both locally and nationally on using ColdFusion for application generation and to create software product lines and runs a company (http://www.systemsforge.com) that generates custom applications quickly and cost effectively.

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Vince Bonfanti (New Atlanta Communications)

Vince Bonfanti is president and co-founder of New Atlanta Communications,and has successfully brought three generations of web-scripting languages to market since 1995:

Lasso - A cgi-based web-scripting language and runtime for publishing FileMaker Pro databases. Lasso was sold to Claris (now FileMaker, Inc.), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, in March of 1997 - becoming the FileMaker Pro 4.0 Web Companion. Over ten million licenses of FileMaker Pro have been sold since its initial release.

ServletExec - A server-side Java based web-scripting language and runtime that implements the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages (JSP) APIs.

BlueDragon - A ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML) runtime with native deployment and integration capabilities on both the Microsoft .NET and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platforms.

Vince also authored "blueprints", a regular column featured in the ColdFusion Developer's Journal (CFDJ). A charter member of Sun's Java Servlet and JSP Expert Groups, Vince has been a JavaOne speaker and a contributor to Java trade magazines and online publications. Vince has also been a featured speaker at CFML-based conferences as well as at local ColdFusion User Groups around the country.

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Chaz Chumley (Community MX)

Consultant, Instructor, Author, Husband and Father. Chaz has been specializing in web development and database design since 1995. He currently resides as an Application Developer for Lucidus Corporation, an Internet Application Development & Hosting company as well as an Instructor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas teaching XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Fireworks, Photoshop and ColdFusion. Chaz is also a contributing author and parnter at CommunityMX as well as as a frequent speaker at Adobe User Groups and such conferences as Todcon and CFUnited.

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Peter Coppinger (Digital Crew)

Peter Coppinger Peter Coppinger is CTO of Digital Crew, who recently launched Teamwork Project Manager, a web2.0 project management solution powered by ColdFusion. TeamworkPM - an easy-to-use online project management solution that helps managers, staff and clients work together more productively was built in 6 months by 2 developers and 1 graphic artist. Peter was the lead developer on the project and he developed an Ajax/ColdFusion application framework for the project. Peter has been programming since he was 8 years old. Peter has been developing ColdFusion applications for the last 9 years after first being smitten with Allaire's ColdFusion 3.1. Peter regularly gives talks at the local ColdFusion user group in Cork, Ireland and is an active member of the ColdFusion community through his blog cftopper.com and commercial website cftagstore.com.

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Oguz Demirkapi (NicheClick Media)

Oguz Demirkapi Oğuz Demirkapı started developing CGI web applications in 1994 and has been developing ColdFusion since 1997. He has either been CTOs or Senior Developer of many well known commercial and blue chip companies both in Turkey and Germany. He ran the CFTR – ColdFusion Turkey User Group for six years before moving to the US. He is a well known ColdFusion evangelist and has spoken at many user group meetings in Europe. His main areas of interest lie in ColdFusion, Flex, Frameworks technologies and L10N & i18N, CMS, portal, e-commerce solutions..

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Mark Drew

Mark has been programming Coldfusion since 1996, and even though he has had forays into Perl, ASP and PHP he is still loving every line of code he has crafted with ColdFusion, so much so that he decided to be part of the CFEclipse team and build an even better editor to write CF with. As a day job he is Product Manager at Design UK http://www.designuk.com, a London based agency providing ecommerce, content managament, CRM and creative marketing solutions to some of the rather more well known high street stores. Apart from this Mark still has time to develop CFEclipse (http://www.cfeclipse.org) and blog about coldfusion and related subjects over at http://www.markdrew.co.uk/blog/. Mark is also co-manager of the UKCFUG http://www.ukcfug.org and has spoken on a number of subjects including ORMs, Frameworks and CFEclipse.

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Enrique Duvos (Adobe)

Enrique Duvos is a Senior Platform Evangelist for Adobe in Europe. His role is to help customers, partners and developers across Europe understand and adopt the benefits and characteristics of some of the Adobe core platform technologies, such as Adobe™ Flash, PDF, AIR, Flex and LiveCycle ES. Prior to the Adobe merger he was part of the Macromedia technical sales team specialized in the company’s enterprise portfolio of technologies.

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Ben Forta (Adobe Systems Inc.)

Ben Forta is Adobe's Senior Product Evangelist, and has over two decades of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and marketing. Ben is the author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit.

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Shlomy Gantz (BlueBrick)

Shlomy Gantz is the President and founder of BlueBrick Inc. He has over a decade of management experience in the hi-tech industry, and an extensive background in application development, database integration and project management. He works with Fortune 500 companies around the world. He frequently presents in technology and management conferences and various user groups across US and Europe.

Prior to founding BlueBrick, Mr. Gantz was a Senior Consultant for Computer Horizons, working for some of the nation's major airlines. Mr. Gantz was also the co-founder and vice president of technology for CoreActive ACG, a leading provider of web based solutions.

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Rob Gonda (iChameleon Group)

Rob Gonda is the CTO for iChameleon Group and Editor-in-Chief of the AJAX Developer's Journal. He is an Advanced Certified Coldfusion Developer, member of the Adobe Community Experts, frequent contributor to the CFDJ and ADJ, frequent speaker at IT and developer conferences nationwide, co-author of Real-World Ajax, author of ajaxCFC, holds a BS in computer science and engineering, an MBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship, and he specializes in Rich Internet Applications and object-oriented architecture. You can reach him at rob[at]robgonda[dot]com and read his blog is at http://www.robgonda.com

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Simon Horwith

Simon Horwith has been designing web-enabled enterprise applications for over a decade and is the CTO at Nylon Technology, a New York City based software development company. As a hands-on IT Executive and journalist, he observes, predicts, and offers commentary on trends in technology. As a developer, he enjoys facing the challenges associated with creating tomorrow's software today. Simon is an Adobe Certified Master Instructor, is a Member of the Adobe Community Expert Program, and served as Editor-in-Chief of ColdFusion Developer's Journal for several years. In addition to managing the New York Flex User Group and presenting at user groups and conferences around the world, Simon has also been a contributing author of several books and technical papers. You can read his blog at http://www.horwith.com.

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Rakshith N (Adobe)

Rakshith is an engineer at Adobe Systems. He works for the ColdFusion Engineering Team at Adobe. He has worked on various features in ColdFusion 8, including the cool new AJAX stuff. Rakshith is one of the young engineers out there who dream of making it big someday. When not at work Rakshith loves to keep himself active. Nothing refreshes him better than a long run down the park.

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Christian Ready (Christian Ready Web Services)

Christian Ready Christian Ready has been designing and developing web sites since 1996. In his spare time he's an officer in the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, serving as commander of Group II in the Maryland Wing, and flies around a bit as a Mission Observer. Christian holds a bachelor's degree in Astrophysics and worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. Even though he stayed on the ground most of the time, it was still a pretty cool gig. He's nuts about web standards, CSS, accessibility, usability, design, ColdFusion, best practices, and a whole host of other buzzwords.

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Kevin Roche

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Andrew Schwabe (IEXP Software, LLC)

Andrew C. Schwabe is currently the President of IEXP Software, LLC and is a veteran CFML developer since 1998. Prior to working with IEXP, Andrew worked for 10 years as the President and Chairman of the Board of Internet Expressions, Inc. He has been the forerunner in developing numerous applications ranging from the free - CFX_RawSocket (a Java Custom Tag for ColdFusion) - to FusionDox (enterprise-level document management). Andrew has been deeply involved in developing many of these applications from the ground up, enhancing and using the ColdFusion platform to its fullest potential. In addition to his extensive ColdFusion experience, Andrew has been recognized in the business community, receiving the coveted Dale Carnegie Highest Achievement Award.

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Michael Smith (TeraTech)

Michael Smith is the President of TeraTech, a 20-year old Rockville, Maryland consulting company that specializes in web and database development. TeraTech has developed sophisticated data-driven web sites for a wide range of organizations, from corporations to government agencies. In addition to ColdFusion, the TeraTech team also have extensive experience in server tuning, security issues, Flex and SQL. Michael has been programming for over 25 years and has been coding in ColdFusion since version 1.5 twelve years ago. He obtained his MA and BA from Cambridge University, England and graduated in the top 10 of his year. Michael runs the Maryland ColdFusion User Group and organized many very successful CF events including CFUnited with over 800 attendees. Michael volunteers at ByteBack, a non-profit organization provides computer training for unemployed and under-employed inner city residents.

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Jeff Tapper

Jeff Tapper is a Senior Consultant at Digital Primates IT Consulting Group, which focuses on the development of RIAs and empowering clients through mentoring. Jeff has been developing internet-based applications since 1995, for a myriad of clients including Conde Nast, Harley Davidson, Toys R Us, IBM, Dow Jones, American Express and Morgan Stanley. As an Instructor, he is certified to teach all of Adobe's courses on Flex, ColdFusion and Flash development. He has been working with Flex since the earliest alphas of Flex 1, and started his ColdFusion development on CF 1.5. Jeff has written 9 books, and is currently working on his 10th. Among the more recent releases are including "Adobe Flex 3: Training from the Source," and "ColdFusion 7 Web Application Construction Kit Volume 3: Advanced Application Development." Jeff is thrilled to be back speaking at CFUnited again. He has been a speaker at many past CFUnited Events, include CFUnited Europe, earlier this year.

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Nick Watson (Adobe, Inc.)

As a Technical Account Manager for ColdFusion, Flex and Livecyle Data Services ES, he is responsible for managing, driving and maintaining technical relationships with major customers in Europe that use these Adobe Enterprise technologies. He previously held the position of Senior Support Engineer and Senior Consultant for ColdFusion, JRun and Spectra during the Macromedia and Allaire days. His daily contact with customers and developers give Nick an excellent view and knowledge of how Adobe technology is deployed and used.

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Ron West

Ron West is the Director Product Strategy, Professional Services for PaperThin, Inc. a leading Web publishing and content management vendor headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Ron is a certified Advanced ColdFusion Developer and has been working with Web applications for more than 10 years. He is the former manager of the Boston CFUG and a former director of the Rhode Island CFUG. Ron is also an established writer for several industry publications and he presents at CFUGs and conferences around the world.

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